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Reckoning with the Impossible

Princeton author and professor Ruha Benjamin wants us to reckon with the impossible. A world without prisons? Schools that foster the genius of every child?

“We need to remind ourselves how many times people have overturned things that seemed impossible to change,” Benjamin, a sociologist, said during a recent talk at Northwestern University. Her appearance, which drew an enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowd on Jan. 23, was part of the School of Education and Social Policy’s Nancy and Ray Loeschner Leadership Lecture Series and the Institute for Policy Research’s Distinguished Public Policy Lecture Series.

Leadership Update

Laurel Harbridge-Yong to Become IPR's Ninth Associate Director

IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong, an expert in bipartisanship and polarization, will step up as IPR's new associate director. 

Research News

Examining Tribes' Sovereignty Through Their Constitutions

IPR sociologist Beth Redbird is leading a research team to catalogue and analyze Native American tribal constitutions to understand them as historical and legal documents.

From Politician to Lobbyist

IPR economist Silvia Vannutelli explores how state lobbying laws influence who runs for office and political competition.

Why Are Online Political Discussions So Toxic?

Northwestern postdoctoral scholar in psychology Michalis Mamakos and IPR social psychologist Eli Finkel unpack the role toxic commenters play in distorting public discourse. 

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty investigates the COVID-19 "baby bump," income segregation in cities, and the online learning landscape. 

Faculty Insights

"Paid family leave is good for babies and their families, and it can go a long way toward reducing societal inequalities in maternal and infant health outcomes."
Working Papers

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